Guidelines for Mentoring Success
"Employees who have had mentors earn between $5,610 and
$22,450 more a year than employees who have not had
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- Be sure you are clear on such terms as how often you will
communicate; whether it will be by phone, e-mail, or both; how
quickly you will respond; and confidentiality.
- Make contact frequently, especially during the first few
weeks, to build a trusting relationship.
- Respect your mentee/mentor's experience and views even
if you don't agree.
- Follow up when you make a commitment to get information,
take action, etc. Don't ever leave your mentor hanging. If
you don't respond, the mentor will feel that he/she
wasn't helpful. You never want to leave someone who has
volunteered to help with this kind of impression.
- Don't ever leave your mentee hanging. If you don't
respond, the mentee will feel rejected and disappointed. You
never want to leave someone who has asked for mentoring
assistance feeling uncertain about the relationship.
- Be appreciative of whatever you get from your
mentee/mentor; learn his or her strengths and seek or offer
advice in these areas.
- Work hard to make the relationship a two-way street. This
means you should always be on the lookout for
information/resources that might be of interest to your
mentee/mentor (e.g., articles you read or information you come
- Be flexible and enjoy the experience!
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